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DESCRIPTIONThe Gospel Driven Life. Being Good News People in a Bad News World. Tentative Schedule. Chapter 8. How the Good News Creates a Cross-Cultural Community. How would you describe your church?. Atmosphere Demographics Relationships Activities Worship Teaching. Introduction. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
The Gospel Driven Life
The Gospel Driven LifeBeing Good News People in a Bad News WorldTentative ScheduleChapterTitleWeekDateLooking Up, Looking Out: Breaking News1The Front Page God: Checking Headlines117 August2The Real Crisis224 August3The Big Story331 August4Getting the Story Straight47 September5Dont Just DO Something, SIT There! Finding yourself in the Story514 September6The Promise-Driven Life621 SeptemberLooking Around, Looking Ahead: A Cross-Cultural Community7News of War and Peace: Gods Politics for a New Creation75 October8How the Good News Creates a Cross-Cultural Community812 October9The Health Page: Feasting in a Fast-Food World919 October10Todays Headline: The Church in Exile1026 OctoberWhats Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You get Things DonePart 1First Things First: Making God Supreme in Our Productivity112 NovemberPart 2Gospel-Driven Productivity129 NovemberParts 3-- 6DARE: Define, Architect, Reduce, Execute1316 NovemberHow the Good News Creates a Cross-Cultural CommunityChapter 8How would you describe your church?AtmosphereDemographicsRelationshipsActivitiesWorshipTeachingIntroductionThe Good News is Gods pledge to save out of the whole world a people for himself through Abrahams seedThe gospel isnot about us it is for usKeeping divisions (Jew/Gentile) is tantamount to denying the gospelWe come from different walks of life; but the church is cross cultural defined by Christs work
A Cross-CultureWe tend to separate based on demographicsEthnicity, age, socio-economics, hobbies, interests politics!The gospel creates its own, odd communityFor as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:27-29 ESV)A Cross-CultureHow do we reflect this in the church?Refocus on:DramaDoctrineDoxologyDiscipleshipThe Society PageWe are preoccupied with our own stories but when something really BIG happens: we uniteBand of Brothers (HBO series): disparate men joined in a common battle & life/death strugglesThe church is a community formed by word and sacrament not activism:And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42 ESV) The Ministry of the WordLUTHER: In short, I will preach it [the word of God] teach it, write it, but I will constrain no man by force, for faith must come freely without compulsion. Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote Gods Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept or drank Wit-tenberg beer with my friends Phillip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it.
The Ministry of the Word I did nothing; the Word did everything. Had I desired to foment trouble, I could have brought great bloodshed upon Germany; indeed, I could have started such a game that even the emperor would not have been safe. But what would it have been? Mere fools play. I did nothing; I let the Word do its work.
Martin Luther, Second Sermon on Monday after Ivocavit, March 10, 1522, in Luthers Works, ed. John W. Doberstein and Helmut T. LehmannThe Ministry of the WordThe apostles and prphets did not think of their words as dead ink on a page: The word of God is living and active (Heb 4:12)Recall Romans 10:We do not strive to climb up to God to bring him downHe sends his word it is nearHe appoints and sends ambassadorsThe Ministry of the SacramentsThe Great Commission: go make disciples baptizing and teachingThe promises are ratified by signs and sealsOT: tree of life, rainbow, circumcision, PassoverNT: baptism, the Lords SupperThese are signs that we receive not works that we doCleansing at the beginning of our journeyRefreshing, heavenly food along the wayGods Agenda for a New World Order: Different Politics for Different KingdomsPOLITICS:the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve poweractivities within an organization that are aimed at improving someone's status or position and are typically considered to be devious or divisivethe assumptions or principles relating to or inherent in a sphere, theory, or thing, especially when concerned with power and status in a society
Gods Agenda for a New World Order: Different Politics for Different KingdomsThe world has its politics and ways and we live alongside unbelievers:Voting, working, serving volunteeringDiscerning the best way for the common goodIn the Kingdom of Christ, we are elected by GodMade coheirs, fellow guests, recipients of his good giftsGods Agenda for a New World Order: Different Politics for Different KingdomsEach time we gather at the Lords Table, Christ gives himself to us as our food and drinkForgiveness and reconciliation come through the preaching of the wordOf course what our Lord has to say is not simply commands for another week, though worship will include these . Yet before the imperatives there must come the indicatives. He who is the risen One tells of what He has done for us. H. H. William M. Cant, The most Urgent Call to the Kirk: the Celebration of Christ in the Liturgy of Word and Sacrament, Scottish Journal of Theology 40.1(1987):110
The Promise-Driven ChurchWho do you think you are? What do you want to be?How much is that driven by your consumer profile?Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV) The Promise-Driven ChurchFor the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. (Acts 2:39 ESV) A promise that the church is to deliver on Gods behalf and in Christs nameIt is a promise for youIt is for your childrenIt is for all who are far off
The Ministry and the MissionWhen we begin to think that we bring Christs kingdom by our own feverish activity we forget:God is the ultimate evangelist: whom the Lord our God calls to himself. (Acts 2:39) The mission of the church is to execute the marks of the church, which are the keys of the kingdom that Christ gave to his apostles.God may use many means but he ordained these and has promised to work through themToo Busy Serving to be Served?There is a gathering an ekklesia through Gods working in the word and sacramentLike Mary who sat at the Lords feet and listened to his teaching (Lk 10) we must be served before we can serve.We must be grounded, rooted, and saturated with the indicatives the promises of God in order to be equipped to serveDancing with StrangersThe Bridegroom has come and it is time to come to the feast the banquet hall is filling with his guestsThe gospel is compelling those from all walks of life to comeDancing with StrangersWe need to change our mind about everything that really matters burn our own script and receive a new oneThis is not merely by introspection: it is when we enter a whole new world the theatre of Gods grace and hear something truly, wonderfully, bewilderingly newDancing with StrangersThe weekly gathering brings us into this new worldThe word is proclaimedThe promise is ratified in baptismWe receive Christ's sacrifice in the supperThe cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 ESV) Recovering the Lords DayWe cannot talk about the importance of discipleship and neglect public worship (Heb 10:25)How we spend the Lords Day is a register of our contentment in Gods provision daily bread and eternal life